Libyan Wings signs major Airbus deal at Dubai Airshow
Nov. 21, 2013, Dubai, U.A.E. - New airline Libyan Wings has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Airbus to buy three A350 XWB range A350-900s, and four A320neo aircraft at the 2013 Dubai Airshow.
The airline will begin its operations for passenger charter and freights from the start of 2014, is building up its fleet with orders at the airshow.
Libyan Wings chairman Wisam Al Masri said: "With these fuel-efficient aircraft, we will be able to offer passengers the highest levels of comfort on both long haul and shorter regional routes, while benefitting from the lowest operating costs and best environmental performance."
The A350 XWB (Xtra Wide-Body) is a new mid-size long aircraft family comprising three versions, the A350-800, A350-900 and A350-1000.
The new range has an optimised fuselage cross-section in order to accommodate Airbus's 18in economy seat-width for long range passenger comfort. The A350-900 can accommodate more than 300 passengers.
The A320neo is offered as an option for the A320 family, and features new engines and large 'Sharklet' wing tip devices, which will together offer up to 15% in fuel savings.
Airbus Customers chief operating officer John Leahy said: "It's very exciting to see a new airline starting its business with our efficient, latest generation A320neo and A350 XWB families. This means that the Airbus product line, from single aisle to widebody clearly meets customer requirements in the world's most competitive and demanding markets like the Middle East."